Employee Burnout & Fatigue – Tweet Chat Highlights

We had a very engaging tweet chat today regarding employee burnout and fatigue in the workplace. A number of thought leaders weighed in on how burnout affects employees and their employers; best practices on how to help prevent employee burnout/fatigue; how technology plays a role; and more. You can view the entire tweet chat below … Continue reading Employee Burnout & Fatigue – Tweet Chat Highlights

10 Tips for Managing Summer Absenteeism (World Cup Anyone?)

Today, Team USA lost to Germany in the World Cup, but still advances to the knockout round.  Whether the US advances any further remains to be seen, but lots of employees worldwide will continue to follow these matches with interest, including during work hours. Employers will ignore the potential workplace disruption of the World Cup … Continue reading 10 Tips for Managing Summer Absenteeism (World Cup Anyone?)

Thank You, Red Sox, For An Easy Commute This Morning!

Boston is awash in Red Sox fever today after last night's stunning win at Fenway.  My colleagues and I are remarking on how light the traffic was this morning coming in to work.  The sports hooky survey we did last year indicates that 11% of Americans will admit to having skipped work to watch a … Continue reading Thank You, Red Sox, For An Easy Commute This Morning!

March Malaise

Though I possess no sports fan genes whatsoever, even I know we're in the midst of March Madness.  Everybody's making their picks and excited about the outcome of the tournament.  (Is that what you even call it?) I, on the other hand, am struggling with March Malaise.  The snow and rain just keep coming.  You've … Continue reading March Malaise

Over 53% Hourly Workers Go To Work When They're Sick

The flu pandemic continues to be a hot topic with devastating economic impacts according to Reuters.  When I was stricken recently, I benefited from paid sick time during the several days I was too sick to work and telecommuting as I recovered. For many workers, though, there is no paid sick time.  In the US, … Continue reading Over 53% Hourly Workers Go To Work When They're Sick

Snowpocalypse Nemo and the Quest for Brigham's Vanilla

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am taking this blizzard seriously.  The picture on the right was taken in my hometown of Rockport, Massachusetts in the aftermath of the blizzard of '78.  A lot of people lost homes or had significant property damage. My two siblings and I were all home … Continue reading Snowpocalypse Nemo and the Quest for Brigham's Vanilla

Guest Blog Post from #hrbartender – Absenteeism is a Global Business Problem

Today's guest post is courtesy of Sharlyn Lauby, The HR Bartender.  I met Sharlyn at KronosWorks last week in Las Vegas, where we had the opportunity to get to know each other a bit.  As Sharlyn notes below, and we've written about before, absenteeism is a significant and costly business issue around the globe. During … Continue reading Guest Blog Post from #hrbartender – Absenteeism is a Global Business Problem

Road Wage – Calling in Sick (of Commuting)

Today's cartoon highlights a finding from our latest survey regarding American workers who commute - 4% of whom indicate they've called in sick in order to avoid the rigors of their commute.  For many more survey respondents (48%), their commute has a significant impact on their job satisfaction. So what are employers supposed to do … Continue reading Road Wage – Calling in Sick (of Commuting)

Sick Yet? Managing Through H1N1 Season

As more and more of our friends and neighbors are experiencing the effects of the H1N1 virus, we thought we'd weigh in with some tips of our own. As the flu season has unfolded, we've been receiving a variety of questions from our customers related to H1N1.  Because we sell data collection devices (time clocks) … Continue reading Sick Yet? Managing Through H1N1 Season

The Summertime Crunch

Our latest workforce survey reveals that 69% of US workers polled plan to take off time between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  This obviously presents challenges for employers who seek to keep their operations running smoothly throughout these peak vacation months. According to our board member Steve Hunt, what employers should NOT do is discourage … Continue reading The Summertime Crunch

Where is Everybody? (Home for the Holidays)

We've just released the results of a survey entitled "December: Vacation-Heavy Month Light on Attendance" that  we conducted with Harris Interactive to assess planned absenteeism among US workers during the upcoming holiday weeks.   Not surprisingly, 63% of those polled plan to take time off between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.  What is surprising is that a relatively … Continue reading Where is Everybody? (Home for the Holidays)